Grad.Dip. Education (Secondary Teaching) (P.Grad.Dip)

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 1 December 2010 for entry in September 2011
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,750 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Teaching) is a one year, full time, postgraduate course. Students attend College for all or some of the days in the week and are otherwise in schools undertaking teaching practice (TP). This combination allows an integration of theory and practice. Applicants must be university graduates and may have to confirm that their qualifications will be recognised (see note under Admission below). The course is best suited to those seeking to work as secondary teachers in the Republic of Ireland but former students have gone on to work in the UK and elsewhere.

We seek to develop in our students - [a] knowledge and appreciation of the discipline of education; [b] a sense of the broad context of Irish education as part of society as a whole; [c] an appreciation of the complicated nature of the teacher´s role and of the function[s] of schools in society; [d] knowledge of a range of models of instruction, with the ability to chose between them and to apply them in classrooms, laboratories and elsewhere; [e] the ability and willingness to act as reflective practitioners, adopting critical insights into practice as appropriate.

The course is staffed by a combination of full-time and part-time lecturers and tutors, the former being Trinity lecturers who have wide research interests and experience in teaching in schools and higher education, the latter typically being current or recently retired teachers who bring extensive classroom experience.


* Induction course - held over two weeks in September. The induction course lasts for two weeks and operates on the same pattern as the main course - i.e. on Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and all day Wednesday. Its aim is to provide a general overview of the programme and to equip students for their introduction to teaching in the classroom. There is an emphasis on classroom teaching methods and `survival skills´. Specific pedagogy courses begin during the induction course when students will be able to meet their pedagogy coordinators and some of the TP supervisors.
* College-based course - consisting of: [a] lecture courses on the disciplines of education; [b] courses in specific methods/pedagogies.
* Lecture courses are given in all the disciplines relevant to the study of education. The Department currently offers courses in the following areas:

* Educational Philosophy and Theory;
* Applied Psychology in Education;
* History of Education;
* Special Education;
* Sociologies of Education;
* Introduction to Assessment & Examinations in Post-Primary Education.

A course in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and elective courses in some or all of the following will also be available:

* Civic, Social and Political Education;
* Drama in Education;
* Development Education;
* Depth psychology for teachers
* The authentic classroom and the hidden curriculum.

Courses in pedagogy of teaching subjects are offered in the following school subjects:

* Business Studies (including Accounting and Economics);
* English;
* Geography;
* History (including Classical Studies);
* Irish;
* Mathematics (including Applied Mathematics);
* Modern Languages (including French, German, Italian, Spanish and Other Languages);
* Music;
* Religious Education;
* Science (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

The purpose of the courses in pedagogy is to introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching as a subject. Teaching in each subject is shared by a team of full-time members of the School and part-time staff, some of whom are also practising teachers, and one of whom will coordinate each subject.

Each pedagogy team aims, in its own way, to develop in students:

* [a] the ability to reflect on and evaluate their own practice;
* [b] a working knowledge of relevant research into pupils´ learning and an appreciation of the importance of pupils being actively engaged in their own learning;
* [c] an appreciation of the importance of developing positive relationships with pupils, based on principles of equity and inclusiveness;
* [d] a rigorous approach to planning, combined with the ability to make considered choices from a range of teaching methods and resources;
* [e] a knowledge of the content of their subject[s] as required for the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate examination syllabi.

Students must choose two pedagogy subjects. The first or major subject should be whatever was indicated on your application form: the subject that you intend to teach full-time when your studies are complete. You will have been interviewed by the panel for this subject. The second (minor) subject should be chosen from a range of possible subjects that do not clash with your major on the timetable. The minor pedagogy course will not be assessed and you will not be supervised if you teach that subject. Science and Modern Languages count as double pedagogy subjects. Majors in these subjects do not have to choose a minor pedagogy programme. However, students taking either of these subjects as MINOR must also have a major.

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